Coimbatore: Lack of basic facilities in public toilets; People mourns:
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Without proper water supply, doors and buckets in the city, public toilets are of no use to the public. A recent audit by corporation officials revealed that 42 out of 371 toilets in the city and 1,009 out of 4,628 toilets were not functioning at all. They are created either directly by the civic body or through self-help groups. The audit also observed that 1,646 taps and 1,505 doors in toilets were not working and there was an urgent need to replace pipelines and carry out plumbing work.
Many toilets do not have doors and in some cases, the latch does not work.
P Saravanan, a passenger, said the condition of the toilets at the Ukkadam bus terminal is pathetic. “The area smells bad and in such a situation people cannot even go near them. People can be seen urinating in the open space nearby. Shahjahan, a resident of Karumbukadai, said the free toilets were the worst-maintained toilets. “By comparison, those formed by self-help groups are in a better position. There is nothing wrong in increasing the fee for providing clean toilets to the users.”
According to the petition filed by the Peelamedu area MDMK Secretary, there are only four public toilets for more than 3000 families at CMC colony, Ellai Thottam Road Junction, Porikadai lane and Venkalakuttai area. Due to the lack of toilet facilities, some of the people are using the open toilet.
The time has come for the municipal corporation to take steps to rectify the issues and ensure their proper maintenance. The Corporation administration should inspect this and provide proper toilet facilities.
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